Is a Ductless A/C the Right Choice for My Home?

Converting the garage into a livable space is quickly becoming a popular choice for homeowners. However, the garage is rarely connected to the central air conditioning system, so it’s prone to becoming extremely hot during the warm summer months. So how can you make this space comfortable during the summer as well as livable? The easiest way is to install a ductless air conditioning system. Ductless air conditioners are exactly as they sound: individual air conditioning units which don’t’ have any ducts and don’t require connection to your central air condition system. Instead, they are mounted into the wall or a window space of your home and use a fully self-contained system to intake warmer air, cool it, and then disburse it throughout the room it’s located in.

Why Choose a Ductless Air Conditioner?

Are these air conditioners really better than a central air conditioning system? Well, not exactly. If you have a larger home with a central air conditioning system, you shouldn’t run out and replace it with a ductless system in each room. While a ductless system does give you better and more precise control over which rooms in your home are being cooled at any given time, they are only effective at cooling a small, contained area, and will be largely ineffective at cooling your whole home.

However, if your home does not have a central air conditioning installed, these systems could save you a ton of money and provide you with immense benefits. Installing a new central air conditioner can cost thousands of dollars, even for the smallest homes. Adding ductless units in the main rooms of the house, such as the living room, near the kitchen, and small units in bedrooms, will not only cost substantially less, but you’ll be able to set the temperature in each room precisely. Additionally, when you only have to run one or two unit at a time, you’ll use far less electricity than you would with a central unit, which could save you money.

Some homes are not built to be able to support a central air conditioner. For these places, a ductless system is by far the optimal choice. Let’s look at a mobile home, for example. Most modern mobile homes are built with a central duct system installed, but many older homes were not. Owners of these homes have to consider several things. Do you have plans for moving your home in the future? If so, you might not want to install a central air conditioner, since you won’t be able to take the outdoor unit with you, and you’ll just be wasting your money on something you’ll need to leave behind. What if you don’t have the ability to install a central system? Both of these major issues are solved by a ductless system—not only are they easily transported with your home, but they also don’t require you to install ducts running to every room in your house.

Energy Efficiency

Using ductless air conditioners in your home automatically creates “zones” which you can precisely control to help you save money. In fact, some estimations say you can save as much as 30 percent on your energy bills by replacing window air conditioners and baseboard heaters with a ductless air conditioning system.

How does this work? Let’s look at an example: if you’re spending time watching television in the living room on one end of the house, you don’t need to have the air conditioner running on the other side. This allows you to turn one unit off, and saves you that amount of electricity. A central air conditioning system can be zoned, but usually only in larger houses, and can be tremendously expensive to do. Odds are you’ll probably be running the whole air conditioner and cooling your entire home at the same time.

So in conclusion, if you already have a central air conditioning system that effectively cools your home, a ductless system probably won’t help you all that much. However, if your home does not have a duct system installed and you’re running a window air conditioner, or if you’ve recently converted part of your home into a livable space and need some way to add cooling to it, then a ductless air conditioner may be the perfect choice for your needs!

If you want to learn more about installing a ductless air conditioner, call the Virginia Beach air conditioning experts at American Mechanical today! Dial (757) 347-8549 to schedule a service or request an estimate for your needs.

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